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1:43 pm on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Ive come to the realization that if Im going to get people to link to my blog naturally then I need OTHER bloggers and website owners to subscribe to my blog.

After all these are the folks with the link juice.

Im trying to brainstorm and come up with a strategy to razor target other bloggers in my niche.

I figure if I do the research and find out what they read, where they get their news, where they hang out etc and put position myself in these places then perhaps I can get their attention.

Any ideas?

4:26 pm on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Yeah. Ask.

All that other stuff you're doing is wonderful, but boils down to being an excuse for people too chicken to ask for links.

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The 'subtle' way to ask a blogger for links is to do two things:
- comment at his/her blog (not spammy, real value-adding comments)
- mention his/her blog on your blog (with link, and make sure trackback is working. Click it yourself to be sure)

Both of these will encourage them to come and visit you and if they like what they see they may subscribe, and then maybe they will be inspired what you write to write a post, and link back.

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What I like to do is jump on a news tidbit as fast as I can, then alert niche bloggers through e-mail about the news at hand. Bloggers are always looking for something to blog about. If you provide them with some hot scoop and the URL of your post, chances are pretty big that they will blog about it and include a URL to your site as 'source'.
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What I like to do is jump on a news tidbit as fast as I can, then alert niche bloggers through e-mail about the news at hand. Bloggers are always looking for something to blog about. If you provide them with some hot scoop and the URL of your post, chances are pretty big that they will blog about it and include a URL to your site as 'source'.

I like. I did this once, but only as a way to introduce myself to bloggers. Seems like it would be a good thing to do on a regular basis.
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I like. I did this once, but only as a way to introduce myself to bloggers. Seems like it would be a good thing to do on a regular basis.

Just don't do it too often; you don't wanna come across as an annoying groupie. Make a list of bloggers you'd like to contact and rotate.

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Yeah. Ask.
All that other stuff you're doing is wonderful, but boils down to being an excuse for people too chicken to ask for links.

Works for me. Gotta like this answer. You will literally be amazed at how well the direct approach actually works in your favor. Ive learned this lesson many times over already. The world is full of squirrely vague people. Most folks find directness refreshing. I do.
Just my 2 cents.

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I agree with the direct approach. I do not get all wishy washy about how I find their site so useful, love the design etc because then it looks like the email was generated by software.

It's kind of like meeting girls in a bar. You can't just sit in the corner and wait for them to approach you. You may get shot down in flames in few times with a direct approach but you will end up with some new prospects at the end of the night.

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Be careful about how you ask. I've gotten emails from people telling me how great one of my sites is. Then at the end they slip in a link to their site and hint that I should check it out and consider linking to it. It's obvious that was the whole purpose of their letter.
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if you don't like the direct approach, get at them "indirectly."

most bloggers have twitter accounts. follow them, interact with them, ask them for a link.

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write about a specific post on their blog; add to it by interviewing an expert on the subject - or another piece of content nobody else has.

hey, blogger.

loved your post on #*$!X. i think #*$! is right because the #*$! made #*$! dollars in 2008.

i inteviewed #*$! and he said #*$!.
[#*$!.com...]
it may be of interest to your audience.

take care,
neal.